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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Practical Atheist with Toe-tapper or Knee-bender? What does it mean to surrender all to Jesus? Do you worry or truly believe that He has the power to heal, to forgive? We’ll explore James 5:7–12 and what it means to means to place our hope and faith in God.

Small Group Questions

1. What “small” stressors in life easily lead to your impatience (e.g. traffic, long lines, being on the phone with customer service)?

2. In what “bigger” difficulties is God calling you to be patient?

3. Read James 5:9. Why is grumbling against one another so easy to do when life isn’t going according to plan?

4. Read James 5:7–8. Why do you think James mentions twice the coming of the Lord? What do hope and patience have to do with each other?

5. Read Job 1:20–22. Job suffered terribly yet worshiped God in his pain. How is this possible? Have you been able to do this?

6. Read 1 Peter 2:21–25. What would it look like, in your own difficulties, to follow Jesus’ example? Pray for each other, that God would help you entrust yourselves to him.

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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Practical Atheist with Toe-tapper or Knee-bender? What does it mean to surrender all to Jesus? Do you worry or truly believe that He has the power to heal, to forgive? We’ll explore James 5:7–12 and what it means to means to place our hope and faith in God. Small Group Questions… Continue reading →

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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Practical Atheist with Mine or His? How do we invest our resources? Do we really trust God with the resources He has blessed us with, or do we fill our lives with things that we think are necessary to sustain the way we live? We’ll explore James 4:13–5:6 and what it means to truly trust in God’s will.

Small Group Questions

1. What plans—big or small—are you making now?

2. Read James 4:13–17. What’s wrong with self-reliance, according to James?

3. Tell of a time when you consulted God and sought wisdom from His people. What did you learn?

4. Read James 5:1–6. Why is it so easy to view our resources as our own and spend them entirely on ourselves? What’s the result of living this way?

5. Read Galatians 2:20. What does this have to do with the question of “Mine or His”?

6. How is God calling you now to trust him with plans, resources, and ultimately your life?

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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Practical Atheist with Mine or His? How do we invest our resources? Do we really trust God with the resources He has blessed us with, or do we fill our lives with things that we think are necessary to sustain the way we live? We’ll explore James 4:13–5:6 and what it… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Tom Regan continues our series Practical Atheist with Hostility or Unity? What does it truly mean to be humble? With jealousy, selfish ambition, and turmoil fighting for every decision and action in our lives, where do we fit Jesus in? Listen as Pastor Tom Regan dives into James 3:13–4:12 and what it means to bring unity of Jesus in the hostility of our lives.

Small Group Questions

1. Who is the most selfless, humble person you know? (You are not allowed to name yourself). What effect does their disposition have on their relationships?

2. Read James 3:14–16 and 4:1–2. Why can jealousy and selfish-centeredness lead to so much conflict in relationships?

3. Read James 4:3. The Bible tells us to ask God for things (e.g., Matthew 7:7–8). What does it mean, then, to pray with selfish motives? How can you pray with right motives?

4. Read James 4:4–6. Why is me-ism and its breeding of antagonism tantamount to spiritual adultery?

5. Read James 4:7–8 and 3:16–18. How has God used repentance (either yours or someone else’s) to restore peace to a relationship?

6. What relationship in your life needs God’s peace and what can you do to pursue that peace?

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Listen in as Pastor Tom Regan continues our series Practical Atheist with Hostility or Unity? What does it truly mean to be humble? With jealousy, selfish ambition, and turmoil fighting for every decision and action in our lives, where do we fit Jesus in? Listen as Pastor Tom Regan dives into James 3:13–4:12 and what it means to bring unity of Jesus… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Practical Atheist with Flamethrower or Fire Extinguisher? How do you speak to others? Does the same tongue that praises God and speaks the name of Jesus destroy or lift up all those whom you interact with? Listen as Pastor Jonathan Alexander dives in on James 3:1–12 and the power of our tongue.

Small Group Questions

1. Have you ever had a careless incident or accident involving fire? Share the story with your group.

2. Read Matthew 15:11, 18–19. Think of a recent time you said something that was hurtful to someone. How was what you said related to the state of your heart at the time? How have you seen the connection between the condition of the heart and the words we say?

3. Think of a recent, intense conversation you had with someone. Were you satisfied with what you said and how you said it? Did the conversation help or hurt?

4. Think of a time you were a fire extinguisher even though it was tempting to be a flamethrower in the conversation. How did you find that self-control? How did it bring peace or healing?

5. Is there a difficult conversation you need to have with someone? What will you do to make it a positive rather than negative experience? How can your group help?

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Practical Atheist with Flamethrower or Fire Extinguisher? How do you speak to others? Does the same tongue that praises God and speaks the name of Jesus destroy or lift up all those whom you interact with? Listen as Pastor Jonathan Alexander dives in on James 3:1–12 and the power of our tongue. Small… Continue reading →

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Listen in as as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Practical Atheist with Talk or Act? Ever heard of the saying “words are cheap”? Many of us can apply that to ourselves in many areas of life. But what about when it comes to our faith in Jesus? Listen as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores James 2:14–26, and what it means to simply talk about or act out our faith.

Small Group Questions

1. What are you most looking forward to this summer?

2. Read James 2:14–16. How would you define the word “faith” as used by James? How is this different from how most people use the term?

3. Read Romans 3:23. What would you say to someone who says Paul and James are contradicting each other? How do they fit together?

4. Have there been times in your life when you claimed to have faith but it did not show up in your actions? How have you dealt with this?

5. Read Ephesians 2:8–10. Share a story of someone you know who clearly puts their faith into action. What can you learn from them?

6. What practical thing will you and your group do this summer to put your faith into action? (host a block party, serve with Go Northshore or Community Serve Day, etc.)

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Listen in as as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Practical Atheist with Talk or Act? Ever heard of the saying “words are cheap”? Many of us can apply that to ourselves in many areas of life. But what about when it comes to our faith in Jesus? Listen as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores James 2:14–26, and what it means to… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Practical Atheist with Label or Love? along a special Father’s Day tribute. When we walk into church on Sundays, what do we see, think, and do? Do we spread the love of God, or do we label with assumption? Listen as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores James 2:1–13, revealing what it means to label or love people.

Small Group Questions

1. Have you ever invested in a new hobby or activity only to never actually do anything with it? (ex: bought camping gear, but never went camping; bought an instrument you never played; etc.) Share the story with your group.

2. Read James 1:22–27. James talks about specific areas where it’s easy to be hearers, or posers, rather than doers. Share with your group a time in your life where you were more of a poser than a doer? How did you break out of that cycle?

3. Read Matthew 7:24–27. How is being a poser rather than a doer like building on sand instead of rock?

4. Is there any area you know God wants you to take action, but hesitated to respond? How can your group help you become a doer and not a poser?

5. Read James 1:27. Over the summer, many of our small groups are partnering with local organizations to meet needs in our community. How is your group serving? Email Julie Zager, juliez@nsb.org for details on how your group can be involved in Go Northshore.

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Practical Atheist with Label or Love? along a special Father’s Day tribute. When we walk into church on Sundays, what do we see, think, and do? Do we spread the love of God, or do we label with assumption? Listen as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores James 2:1–13, revealing what it means to label or… Continue reading →

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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Practical Atheist with Posers or Doers? There is often this noticeable gap between what we “believe” and what we do. We all too often find ourselves coming to Sunday service, attending Bible study, maybe even serving our community, filling out a do-good check-list. But when it comes down to it, are we really “doing” the word? Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores James 1:19–27 and shows us the difference between a poser and a doer.

Small Group Questions

1. Have you ever invested in a new hobby or activity only to never actually do anything with it? (ex: bought camping gear, but never went camping; bought an instrument you never played; etc.) Share the story with your group.

2. Read James 1:22–27. James talks about specific areas where it’s easy to be hearers, or posers, rather than doers. Share with your group a time in your life where you were more of a poser than a doer? How did you break out of that cycle?

3. Read Matthew 7:24–27. How is being a poser rather than a doer like building on sand instead of rock?

4. Is there any area you know God wants you to take action, but hesitated to respond? How can your group help you become a doer and not a poser?

5. Read James 1:27. Over the summer, many of our small groups are partnering with local organizations to meet needs in our community. How is your group serving? Email Julie Zager for details on how your group can be involved in Go Northshore.

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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Practical Atheist with Posers or Doers? There is often this noticeable gap between what we “believe” and what we do. We all too often find ourselves coming to Sunday service, attending Bible study, maybe even serving our community, filling out a do-good check-list. But when it comes down to it,… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander opens up our series Practical Atheist with Give Up or Hang On? There is often this noticeable gap between what we “believe” and what we do. We live like practical atheists. But why might that be? What part makes you ready to just give up? What part of who God is can we hang on to? Listen as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores James 1:1–18 and shows us what it means to give up or hang on.

Small Group Questions

1. How do you react to the idea that many Christians live as practical atheists? How have you seen this is your spiritual life?

2. How do trials reveal what we really believe about God? In what ways have trials weakened or strengthened your faith?

3. When tempted to give up, do you struggle with giving in to worry, relying on your own resources or escaping to unhealthy desires? What have you learned about overcoming these temptations?

4. Read Philippians 4:5–7. This and many other Biblical promises can help us hang on. Share verses or promises that you find encouraging when facing difficult times. How have these helped you hang on?

5. Are you currently facing any issues that have you wresting with giving up or holding on? How can your group help you through the struggle?

6. This summer, many of our groups are serving in our community as part of Go Northshore. We’ve designed pre-scheduled project times to serve with organizations like Helping Hands, Threads & Treads, and local food banks. Talk about how your group might get involved with this. For more information or to sign up, contact Julie Zager, juliez@nsb.org.

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander opens up our series Practical Atheist with Give Up or Hang On? There is often this noticeable gap between what we “believe” and what we do. We live like practical atheists. But why might that be? What part makes you ready to just give up? What part of who God is can we… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander concludes our series Original Jesus with Failure. How do we respond in our failures? Do we view them as the end? Do we believe that Jesus can’t use us? Listen as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores John 21:1–17 and show us what Jesus does with our failure.

Small Group Questions

1. Do you get embarrassed easily? Share one of your most embarrassing moments with your group.

2. Read John 21:15–17. Imagine other ways Jesus may have responded to Peter in this situation. What lessons can we learn from Jesus’ response to Peter in this scene?

3. In what ways have past failures kept you from getting involved in ministry or service? How have (or could) you overcome those hesitations?

4. Peter’s failure has been preserved for all to see. What can we learn from the failures of others? Share an example of how you learned or grew from witnessing the failure of someone else.

5. Read 2 Corinthians 4:7. How have you seen God use your failures to serve Him and others? How might He want to use them now or in the future?

6. Sunday, June 1, 12:30 pm, is the Small Group Leader year-end lunch. We have several special things planned to celebrate what God has been doing through groups throughout Northshore. Encourage your leader to be part of the celebration! RSVP to kathyf@nsb.org.

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander concludes our series Original Jesus with Failure. How do we respond in our failures? Do we view them as the end? Do we believe that Jesus can’t use us? Listen as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores John 21:1–17 and show us what Jesus does with our failure. Small Group Questions 1. Do you get embarrassed easily?… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Tom Regan continues our series Original Jesus with the message Doubt. When we hear of Jesus, we hear of a man who works miracles beyond comprehension. He healed many people of disease and evil spirits, restored sight to the blind, called the lame to walk, cleansed lepers, gave the deaf hearing, raised the dead, and gave good news to the poor. But despite knowing of His power, despite His actions underlining exactly who He is, we still find that our hearts doubt whether or not He really is the one who was, is, and has yet to come. Listen as Pastor Tom Regan dives into Doubt in Luke 7:18–23.

Small Group Questions

1. What are your personal plans for this summer? What is your group’s plan for summer meetings or activities?

2. Read Luke 7:18–23. Everyone deals with doubt from time to time, including John the Baptist. What experiences or questions stir doubt in your life? What do you think is the cause of that doubt (personal pain, unmet expectations, unanswered questions, etc.)?

3. How have you addressed doubts in your life? What advice would you give someone who is wrestling with doubt?

4. What strikes you about Jesus’ response to John’s doubts? What can we learn from His example when dealing with others who doubt?

5. Read Jude 22. When someone raises spiritual doubts, how do you tend to respond? Who might you be able to help with their doubts? How could you help?

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Listen in as Pastor Tom Regan continues our series Original Jesus with the message Doubt. When we hear of Jesus, we hear of a man who works miracles beyond comprehension. He healed many people of disease and evil spirits, restored sight to the blind, called the lame to walk, cleansed lepers, gave the deaf hearing, raised… Continue reading →